Charity overload

Why is everything charity-based these days?

Refreshing this post from a couple years ago, where I suggested: If we ALL take care of our own family, friends and neighbors – we would hardly ever need or see a “charity” cause begging for your money.

But it seems that the “charity train” is gaining speed, and picking up millions of unsuspecting passengers along the way.

Charity overload in Hoboken NJ

(Slick van, fancy t-shirts and the word "kids" gets a lot of customers!)

Charities are very curious “causes”

They’re interesting and troubling at the same time because they play into your emotions and are next to immune to being challenged. I mean “how dare you not help these victims!”

Such a slippery slope to be on, too. Because “God Forbid” you don’t want to (or can’t) help some sad, desperate person, cause, event “in need.” Because you might be looked down upon for your (lack of) good will.

Whether it’s “Haiti” or “starving children in third world countries,” or “Battered Women” or whatever – the list of the latest and greatest group of people “in need” of something grows by the second.

But what is “in need?”

Think of it this way. Unless you are the “kingpin,” or “top dog,” or “head honcho” in this world – there will always be someone better off than you. Or your group. Or your city.

We all suffer at some point. In fact, we all die, too. I refer to one of my favorite website’s tag line (ZeroHedge): “On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone is ZERO.”

It seems as if these charities are “quick fixes” to getting whatever bad situation they claim to help – back to normality.

I mean we have people suffering in this country coast to coast. With something called debt – which the diabolical “system” has knowingly propagated. No one helps those people. Nah.

Charity overload strollathon

(This charity also is an opportunity for stroller moms to show off their thousand-dollar wheels to other moms...)

Charities are odd entities – with amazing success rates

If you just think for a few seconds, and realize that most charities are (at best) mismanaged to the point where very little money actually reaches the “sad victims” they promote to get your money.

And (at worst) the rest of these charities are scams – intended to trick your susceptible self into donating something which is basically a bonafide racket to make some people rich behind the scenes. Or you might get influenced by your favorite faux-celebrity to donate and tap into that “feel good” type manipulation.

Helping without recognition – have you ever tried it?

Now being a good person doesn’t require you to cut a check to some unknown entity. It starts right in your own environment. There are plenty of people who could use some help – but would never want to ask for it. They just deal with whatever their problems are. See, those are the people I love helping when I see an opportunity.

Whether it’s someone struggling with a bag, or is lost and needs directions – to a neighbor, friend or relative that might be sick and could use a little pick me up or moral support.

With social media connecting every second and every move people make – I truly wonder how many people do anything “charity” related these days without broadcasting it to the world. I bet that number is a low single digit percentage.

Can you move in Hoboken with a charity getting in the way?

10/25/2012 Update:

One trend I’ve noticed surging rapidly is CHARITY BASED EVENTS.

Seems like every event, gathering, social meetup is a fundraiser for some large charity organization – especially 5K runs now. We have like 20 5k runs a year here in Hoboken and not one is just plain running!

Beware of charities!

OK, before you think I’m some insensitive person who wants the world to suffer, understand that there is a difference between real charity and these bloated mega-charities. And I also understand that many people have been affected by certain diseases (cancer, MS, and more), and may have lost a loved one. Often times they become attached to the charity “in the name of” the one the lost. It sounds nice on paper, but I just don’t think the monies raised do more than make the person feel good about trying to make a change – rather than actually implementing real change.

Big charities are probably gaining steam these days because of the tax loopholes in them. As you might have recently read about how Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti charity collapsed amid scandal.

Even in Hoboken – everything is now a fundraiser. WTF? Especially that Hoboken Charter School fire. They had insurance – why so many fundraisers?

There is so much overhead, waste and greed as the charities get bigger and more frequent – that they often lose scope of what it means to be charitable. It’s been said that places like the American Cancer Society are such bloated organizations, that only pennies per dollar donated go to actual “research,” and that’s even stretching it.

Everywhere I go, someone wants you to donate. Pets, kids, environment, old people, foreign people, birds, and more.

If every person in this country treated family, friends and neighbors as their sole charities they helped – I think the entire country would be better off. However, “community” isn’t what it used to be now that everyone is spread out, constantly traveling or immersed in self to notice what is right in front of their eyes.

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13 Comments on "Charity overload"


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HansBrix
1 year 19 days ago

Here’s another gem buried within the $PLC 990 filing (form 926 towards the end) they have a bank account in the Caymans. Who knows how much treasure the pirates buried there…or why an organization devoted to fighting poverty etc with an IRS tax exempt status needs to have offshore account in the Caymans.

Money does strange things; look what it did to my parents’ favorite charity – the Sierra Club. Once upon a time they opposed massive 3rd world immigration on the grounds it will wreck the sierras and other places with the curse of over population and everything it brings.

Then in the 1990s David Gelbaum, a wealthy donor, told them to knock it off or the money stops. Since money is more important than principle, they changed positions. Today they support amnesty.

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animal_lover
1 year 22 days ago

It should be noted that the City of Hoboken donates on tax payers behalf to numerous no profits. The one getting the least is Boys and Girls club that provides services to mostly the same community that Zimmer is discriminating against in the HHA.

Had Zimmer used the B&G club as a recreational center rather than illegally giving away a large part of the Green Acres property to HOLA we could not only have a more integrated community but parks that are parks and not recreational areas usable by kids only.

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animal_lover
1 year 22 days ago

These same people who solicit for a “cause” will criticize a government needs based program.

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212transplant
2 years 10 months ago

I can tell some families I know hate most fundraisers deep down, but are afraid to not donate something because of social pressure. It comes at you now from all angles. Phone, mail, facebook. Very annoying.

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Civic66
2 years 10 months ago

Good news is that there are websites out there that show you how much of your donation goes into administrative fees. I use http://cfcnnj.org/directory/

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HansBrix
1 year 22 days ago

And a charity’s Form 990 is usually just a Google search away. This will give you, among other things, the Top Dogs’ compensation. For example, the head Strollerama guy made $185K in 2012.

But that guy’s an amateur compared to the head of the “Southern Poverty Law Center”, who pulled in $350K (!) in 2012. Whether much poverty was eliminated outside the SPLC executive offices is a discussion for another time.

Caveat emptor, etc. [quote comment=”217693″]Good news is that there are websites out there that show you how much of your donation goes into administrative fees. I use [/quote]

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animal_lover
1 year 22 days ago

Yes don’t take hits at SPLC who does a good job of working on systematic and otherwise deeply entrenched discrimination. Heck given the number of unfavorable NJ Supreme Court and other NJ court law suits Hoboken, we probably could use their talents. [quote comment=”223562″]And a charity’s Form 990 is usually just a Google search away. This will give you, among other things, the Top Dogs’ compensation. For example, the head Strollerama guy made $185K in 2012.But that guy’s an amateur compared to the head of the “Southern Poverty Law Center”, who pulled in $350K (!) in 2012. Whether much poverty was eliminated outside the SPLC executive offices is a discussion for another time.Caveat emptor, etc.[/quote]

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HansBrix
1 year 21 days ago

Maybe that was their mission when they started but since then they’ve morphed into an organization that sees “hate” where ever it looks (and it looks mostly at whites and conservatives) and leverages that to acquire a huge fortune, which primarily benefits its principals, not its principles.

For example, any person or organization that opposes illegal or mass immigration is a racist hate group. In 2008, without any sense of irony, they teamed up with LaRaza (!) to denounce CIS and FAIR.

Boy Scouts? Cess pool of bigotry! MEChA? (chirping cricket)

Even Nicholas Wade got them clutching their pearls with his book “A Toublesome Inheritance.”

In fact any group to the right of Bill Clinton is in their crosshairs. In its mass mailings to gullible rich people, it implies that skinheads, neonazis, etc are on the verge of launching some anti-minority pogrom or Holocaust II, and the only thing that will keep this from happening is a fat donation.

Cha-ching!

At least the FBI figured this out and removed SPLC from its hate crime resource page.

Of course, if you want to add to their war chest/retirement fund, which was over $314 MILLION in 2012 (per their 990), then by all means go for i[quote comment=”223563″]Yes don’t take hits at SPLC who does a good job of working on systematic and otherwise deeply entrenched discrimination. Heck given the number of unfavorable NJ Supreme Court and other NJ court law suits Hoboken, we probably could use their talents.[/quote]

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animal_lover
1 year 20 days ago

Hans, thanks for the critical info. I had been asked by an individual to make a donation to them as their executer. Will study further as I have sone free reign.[quote comment=”223564″]Maybe that was their mission when they started but since then they’ve morphed into an organization that sees “hate” where ever it looks (and it looks mostly at whites and conservatives) and leverages that to acquire a huge fortune, which primarily benefits its principals, not its principles.For example, any person or organization that opposes illegal or mass immigration is a racist hate group. In 2008, without any sense of irony, they teamed up with LaRaza (!) to denounce CIS and FAIR.Boy Scouts? Cess pool of bigotry! MEChA? (chirping cricket)Even Nicholas Wade got them clutching their pearls with his book “A Toublesome Inheritance.”In fact any group to the right of Bill Clinton is in their crosshairs. In its mass mailings to gullible rich people, it implies that skinheads, neonazis, etc are on the verge of launching some anti-minority pogrom or Holocaust II, and the only thing that will keep this from happening is a fat donation.Cha-ching!At least the FBI figured this out and removed SPLC from its hate crime resource page.Of course, if you want to add to their war chest/retirement fund, which was over $314 MILLION in 2012 (per their 990), then by all means go for i[/quote]

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joey maxim
1 year 18 days ago

best to ignore the many phone calls for donations….put them on the do not call list[quote comment=”223572″]Hans, thanks for the critical info. I had been asked by an individual to make a donation to them as their executer. Will study further as I have sone free reign.[/quote]
[quote comment=”223572″]Hans, thanks for the critical info. I had been asked by an individual to make a donation to them as their executer. Will study further as I have sone free reign.[/quote]

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joey maxim
1 year 18 days ago

best to ignore the many phone calls for donations….put them on the do not call list[quote comment=”223572″]Hans, thanks for the critical info. I had been asked by an individual to make a donation to them as their executer. Will study further as I have sone free reign.[/quote]

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joey maxim
1 year 18 days ago

sorry clicked twice..[quote comment=”223579″]best to ignore the many phone calls for donations….put them on the do not call list[/quote]